Community radio remains at the heart of local music, and Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM has led the way for more than 30 years, sharing their passion with music fans and supporting local muso’s.
As part of the PBS Radio Festival membership drive, we’re stoked to share with you a video of Ute Roots soar through a performance of ‘Palace’ on the radio station’s popular Drive Live program (which hosts weekly live performance broadcasts from the PBS studios).
For the uninitiated, Ute Root are down ‘n’ dirty rock dogs out of Melbourne that base their sound around heavy riffs and tongue-in-cheek lyrics delivered by Beth Barker’s gravelly wails. Last year the trio released a 7” vinyl Ketamine Queen. The slow burnin’, head bangin’ title track was then followed by this track.
Performed on PBS’s Fang It!, ‘Palace’ is full of deep grungy guitars that whirl all over the place and while Barker’s strong voice centres the track to combine it into a sound that’s raw and loose yet still catchy. I reckon if you went to a bonfire in the country and listened to real heavy rock music all night and you got drunk on whiskey and smoked too many ciggies before passing out in your tent: Ute Root sounds like how your black skinny jeans would smell the next day, and I mean that as a sincere compliment.
It’s a powerful performance, and even though it’s restricted to a small radio studio, it really highlights the energy and passion the band put into their live performances.
Check it out below.
PBS’s Radio Fest is also currently in full swing, so for new and renewing subscribers it’s also the best time of year to hit them up as a) there are heaps of rad prizes you go in the running to win, and b) PBS is an absolute blessing to the music community of Melbourne and surrounding areas and needs your support!
“UTE ROOT believes, no, UTE ROOT KNOWS, that PBSFM, and community radio in general in Melbourne, is the ROCK solid foundation that holds up our WORLD LEADING music scene! PBSFM is hands down THE BEST way to listen to new music in Melbourne,” says the band.
“Every morning in the ute on the way to work, we listen to The Breakfast Spread and the Gravity Coffee ad. Every Tuesday we wait to hear the dreamy Ruby Soho on Garageland, every Wednesday the dulcet scottish brogue of Chris on Pojama People, and every Thursday the one, the only, the greatest of all time, Ruari on FANG IT! Oh shit, and SPACE MUSIC for hungover Mondays! Too many to list! Support the station that supports everything good about Melbs.
“Open ya wallet and support PBSFM! Woot!”
PBS Radio Festival 2019: Work Your Magic runs from May 13 – May 26 2019. A full list of daily prizes and to sign up head here or Ph: (03) 8415 1067.
Written by Liam McNally